Alila Villas Uluwatu
What We Love
- Stunning clifftop location, with Indian Ocean views everywhere
- The elegant five-room spa, with half-day and daylong programs
- Authentic cuisine at the Warung (from an open kitchen)
- Personalized service: A butler is assigned to each villa
- All villas have a private pool
- The first resort in Bali built to EarthCheck’s building, planning and design standards
What To Know
- The location is remote; it’s an hour to Seminyak’s shopping and nightlife
- The sea here is too rough for swimming, though there are renowned surfing spots nearby
- There’s a 24-hour fitness center with yoga classes
- Some verandas are suspended over shared walkways—very romantic but not entirely private
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set along 35 clifftop acres on Bali’s rustic Bukit Peninsula, this resort balances a striking modern style with a commendable environmental commitment. The 84 individual villas feature spacious, uncluttered interiors, private pools and plush outdoor spots, some with panoramic views. In-room amenities run from the expected, like free WiFi and an iPod dock, to aromatic bespoke his-and-hers body products and movie star–worthy sun hats. A butler is assigned to each villa; he or she attends to each guest as much or as little as requested. The staff is so engaging that most guests quickly find themselves reliant. The bamboo-clad spa is a must, with a calming ambience, well-trained therapists, and an extensive menu of creative and restorative treatments. The repeating wood pattern throughout creates a simple but contemporary look that’s sustainable, thanks to renowned Singapore architectural firm WOHA. As for dining, Cire delivers inventive, fruit-filled breakfasts and healthy Western fare like marinated mackerel served with salmon roe vinaigrette and seared king prawns atop black rice risotto, enjoyed in a dining room decorated with 2,500 antique batik stamps. The Warung’s authentic Balinese dishes, like satay lilit and ayam betutu with red rice, are a good choice for sunset nibbles or a full Indonesian feast. And after indulging, it’s off to bed for a night’s rest—with the only sound the croak of geckos under the clear night sky.
In the Area
Head to Seminyak, an hour away, for butter-soft leather bags and python flip-flops at Wrkshp13, Prada-inspired frocks with Balinese prints at Namu (Jalan Petitenget 234X), and some good karma from crystal-infused bling at Anna Michielan. Sate your sweet tooth with homemade raw chocolates and other organic treats at the Bukit outpost of Bali Buddha. The black coral rock and the 11th-century temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu make for a stunning sight, hugging the Bukit cliffs. Locals believe the temple guards the island against evil spirits. Booked through the resort, Alila Journeys can include visits to leading Balinese artists, private kitchen time with the hotel chef and visits to community projects supported by the hotel.
How to Get There
We absolutely LOVED our stay at Alila. From start to finish the service was incredible and the Villa is even more beautiful than the photos - simply stunning in all directions. Even though there were other people staying, we always felt like we had the entire place to ourselves as there is so much space to explore and you constantly have someone waiting on you, we loved the staff and they were so helpful and efficient! The manager and staff were incredible in helping my partner organise our engagement here, so we will never forget our stay and cannot wait to come back :) You will feel like you floating in heaven as soon as you arrive and be completely relaxed when you leave.
I should say I was previlaged to dine at the Warung restaurant and to be hinest it’s wasn’t what I expected. I was blown away with each experience from when I set food. The gorgeous hostes with a heart warming smile and a pleasant personality walked me to my table which had a spectacular view. Her name was Irma if am not wrong. Then one of the most polite server Eka offered and explained the menu options and even suggested what I should try which was so helpful as I am new to the food. I opted for nasigoreng, good job Eka for the recommendation. Amanda explained to me all the spices and even the preparation that explains how much trains has been given. Janur the ever smiling gent prepare me a passion punch which was just perfect as I needed to cool from the humidity and Sukmar dint forget to check on me several times to ensure everything was on point. I hope I got all the names correct as I was so overwhelmed with the ambiance the the bubbly stuff who created such a connection. I don’t think I need a reason to come back as I feel at home already and would highly recommend. This individuals should highly be recognized by the Alila management for there commendebale job
When arriving in the hotel you walk into the reception and are greeted by one of the most amazing views I have ever seen - the welcoming from the staff is first class - the service throughout by all staff was wonderful - our villa was amazing and huge - the food was some of the best I’ve eaten in Bali - breakfast is lively but I would of preferred a buffet option not a set menu - overall the stay was one of the best I’ve ever experienced and would say to anyone that there is no choice when looking in Uluwatu you have to stay here - thank you to everyone
I stayed at the Alila Villas Uluwatu in December 2018 for a wedding which was also held at the resort. It is located at the edge of a cliff so the ocean views are beautiful. You can see a beautiful sunrise and sunset. The staff was very friendly, and the amenities are great. There is mosquito-repelling lotion, sunscreen, etc in the bathrooms around the resort and in your villa. They provide 2 free (reusable glass) bottles of water per person per day and a small bowl of fruit in your room. The resort seemed very eco-friendly. There are umbrellas, wide-brimmed hats, and a large bag (for you to carry beach stuff) at each villa. All the public bathrooms were open to the outdoors which was a bit shocking at first but very cool. Don’t worry, no one can see you. All villas have private pools and nice outdoor lounging areas. I was in a spacious one bedroom. They have universal outlets so you don’t have to worry about bringing a converter. Breakfast changes daily and is served in smaller portions so you can share and have a taste of many things. You can order as much as you want. There are 3 restaurants on site with one serving traditional Balinese cuisine. The free morning yoga was a vinyasa flow, and although the instructor could be a bit difficult to understand, it was a great start to my day. The fewer students there are, the more he will come around and help you with form and getting deeper into poses. The class was held outdoors, with the ocean in sight, birds chirping, and one day there were monkeys peeking in from the open rooftop! There are monkeys in and around the resort. If you forget to close/lock sliding glass doors, they can and will get into your villa and eat your fruit. Mats, towels, and water are provided. The spa was beautiful and relaxing. The villas are built on several terraces so if you’re in a room higher up, you’ll have more uphill/downhill walking on stairs, but you can always call a buggy (aka golf cart) to pick you up. Overall a beautiful and peaceful place to stay in Bali. Not ideal if you’re hoping to do a lot of things in Ubud though because the resort is near the southern tip of Bali and it takes awhile to get to Ubud.
The notice to details in Alila villas is second to none. A big thank you to Kadek who took care of us every step of the way. We had such a good time that we didn't want to go back. Heard bad reviews about omnia but we didn't have any of that as Kadek made the arrangements for us.Thank you for a beautiful stay